Take It Like a Man: The Autobiography of Boy George (英語) ハードカバー – 1995/9
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When he was a little boy growing up in Woolwich, the 'pink sheep' of his working-class Irish family, George wanted to be like Shirley Bassey. As a man, famous for his gender-bending clothes and elaborate make up as much as for his success as the lead singer of Culture Club, he became a media darling and pop icon. And then came fame, and drugs, and a spectacular fall from grace ...Writing with complete honesty, and with his usual biting wit, Boy George chronicles his extraordinary life and times in this highly acclaimed autobiography. 'If there's another book that can top it for bitchiness, sex, glamour, fame and heartache, then Jackie Collins must be the author' Q 'Candid and entertaining ...his public image was wildly at odds with his private self, the self that was living fabulously and wildly, gorging on drugs, food and sex, trashing hotel rooms and brawling with friends' The Times
With a flick of his locks and a lash of his tongue, Boy George waltzed into musical stardom in 1982 with his smash hit "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" As the quintessential pop star of the 1980s, Boy George was constantly in the public eye, with a string of platinum Culture Club hits, sensational personal appearances, camp behavior and gender-bending dress that fueled the media's infatuation. What turned the son of a South London builder into the embodiment of effeminacy? Why did girls go crazy over a boy who looked like a girl?
A Grammy Award for "Karma Chameleon" sealed Boy George's pop-icon status as the avant-garde star in Hasidic hat and quasi-religious robes, whose beguiling melodies and impertinent one-liners seduced an unsuspecting public. "Sex? I'd rather have a cup of tea," he said, teasing the world about his sexual leanings. But after reaching the pinnacle of success, his life took a devastating turn. Culture Club, George's pioneering band, went into eclipse, his hushed-up relationship with drummer Jon Moss fell apart and Boy George found a new and dangerous obsession -- drugs -- ending up with a heroin addiction.
In this electrifying autobiography, Boy George tells the whole truth for the first time, and does so with total candor and irrepressible wit. Take It Like a Man is the story of the crazy highs and desperate lows; the family struggles; friends and lovers -- gay, straight and transvestite; the obsessive media infatuation; as well as the agony, shame and despair of drug withdrawal. Filled with confession, revelation and inspiration, this book reflects the utter creativity of its author and tells the mesmerizing story of how George achieved the nearly impossible by coming back from the land of the deeply addicted to health, sobriety and a new horizon of musical success. His is an unfinished journey.
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Of course any junkie's autobiography is going to have it's downsides, but Gorge never loses his sense of humor about himself. His eloquence, frankness, and intelligence shine throughout the book. And of course it's no spoiler to say that the book has a happy ending. It's great to see such a fine soul come back to life.
With anecdotes ranging from heart-wrenching to hilarious, George recounts the raw details of his life - the turning points and moments of influence. Nothing is sugarcoated or glorified - his stories are told in honest and unembellished detail. (And are often intended for mature audiences.) It is really quite a journey.
A truly fascinating account; I really enjoyed hearing George’s unique story and perspectives and thank him and Mr. Bright for sharing them with us.
Sure, Boy George has had many very public destructive events in his life, especially ones that have happened since the publication of this book, but it's nice to see that he seems to be in a much happier period in his life now, drug-free, healthy and happy. I always will admire him for his honesty, being true to himself and who he is.